2022 Edition

Programme

Tuesday, 17 May

THE SPOT 2022 will kick off with an informal opening after work on Tuesday, 17 May, from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. CET at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. This session will include a “fireside chat” discussion between Charles Frémont, Innovation Hub Manager at UEFA, Meagan Loyst, youngest investor at Lerer Hippeau and Founder of GenZ VCs, and Aneesh Madani, Head of Global Digital Partnerships and Social Media at theInternational Olympic Committee.

Wednesday, 18 May

The official sport and innovation programme will take place all day on Wednesday, 18 May 2022, from 09.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. CET at the SwissTech Convention Center, located on the EPFL campus. This year’s edition of THE SPOT will focus on seven key themes which will be presented through brief keynote presentations, pitches, and case studies, and then will be discussed in workshops.

You will debate, share, learn and discover, you certainly won’t sit still!

FULL PROGRAMME

Themes

Shaping and retaining a healthy skilled workforce

Performance and well-being go hand in hand. How can sport organisations and other players in the sport industry prioritise health, well-being, skill development, management structure and tools effectively to improve talent retention, have healthier employees, and exert a higher business impact?

The Future of
Fan Engagement

Fans contribute to sports in various ways, be it by cheering on their athletes and teams during live events, by buying merchandise or boosting viewership numbers. How to best understand their consumption patterns (e.g. shifting from linear to digital), improve their global experience and engage with them to further develop the sport and its activities?

New Technology & Digital revolution

Recently, major evolutions in the use of digital tools and new technologies, such as blockchain, have generated many new opportunities for rights-holders. Let’s explore the world of Metaverses, NFTs and more. How should sport organisations approach these new trends?

Activity and
Social Impact

Technology and digital solutions are generating huge amounts of data about participation and performance. 

What are the latest solutions driving participation and performance, and how can Local and National Government organisations connect into this to measure and improve the social impact of sport?

Investment
trends in sport

The sport industry is one of the fastest growing sectors, providing a wide range of investment opportunities for the business sector and certain individuals. What are the latest investment trends and what do venture capitalists and family offices seek when investing in sport?

Air quality and
its impact on sport

In modern society, air quality affects the health of the population and consequently the performance of athletes. What are the challenges, how can they be overcome and which measures should be implemented to protect the health of physically active people?

Adaptive sport

Adaptive sports promote physical and mental wellbeing for people with impairment. How can different stakeholders co-create strategies to facilitate access to adapted sports programming, equipment, community and independence, thereby changing the approach from “disabled” to “enabled”?